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Balance Rock Inn

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21 Albert Meadows, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a wonderful place to escape to. The staff was great, especially Chris! Though Bar Harbor was very busy, once you turned onto the street down to the inn you truly left the crowds and walked into a sanctuary. The breakfasts alone were worth the stay and the verandah/pool was wonderful. Would not have wanted to be anywhere else in... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We just returned from two nights at the Balance Rock Inn. We stayed in Room 306 which was at the center of the hotel. The room was well-decorated with a queen size bed, two chairs, tv and dresser. The room is a little small but what really makes the room is the Captain's Ladder to the roof where you have... More 

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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

First, let me say that we love old inns, and we liked a lot about the Balance Rock. But a late booking on my part meant that there were no good rooms available except the Penthouse Suite. I would not typically spend over $500 a night for a room, but justified the price of the room as offset by the... More 

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West Palm Beach
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Balance Rock Inn for only one night, but I can definitively say the inn is extremely underwhelming. The staff were mostly cold and unwelcoming, the elevator only went to the penultimate floor, the breakfast room had no view and was open at difficult hours, the staff acted surprised and offended when they were asked to pull out... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns in regards to your stay with us. I assure you this is not the standards in which we hold our hotel. Our staff works very hard to ensure all of our guests are having a wonderful experience and pleasant stay. I apologize we did not live up to your expectations.... More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Balance Rock Inn keeps getting better. This year they served dinner for the first time. It makes a difference. With a great chef, an interesting menu of "Small Plates," and two choices of entree there is no reason for tolerating the noise of a downtown restaurant when you can dine in peace and actually talk to your friends. The... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

It's always special having guests return year after year. We're honored to be a second home to those looking to get away. Thank you for recognizing our improvements and hard work. We look forward to you returning next year! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Spent our honeymoon at the Balance Rock Inn. The Inn was everything we hoped it would be. I would definitely return and definitely recommend. The breakfast every morning was delicious. The staff were very helpful to answer questions and went above and beyond. We also purchased one of their add on packages. They made all arrangements for us. Wish I... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Congratulations! Thank you for choosing to the Balance Rock Inn to help celebrate your recent nuptials. We're happy we could make it that much more special for you. Looking forward to your 1st year anniversary visit! More 

Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was our second stay at the Balance Rock Inn and as always we had a wonderful time at the beautiful inn. I can not say enough good things about the inn's restaurant. We have been to Bar Harbor many, many, many times and dined in just about every place in town and the Balance Rock Inn's food, service, view... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review and other travelers your experience with the Balance Rock Inn! We look forward to your return. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Balance Rock Inn has a gorgeous location with a spacious lawn sloping down to the coast. We loved how it was set back from the hustle and bustle of Main St. but still only a block away. The staff was friendly, polite and happy to help. Morning breakfast was delicious and the bar had a fun variety of cocktails.... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing with other travelers about you time with. We're happy we were able to help you celebrate you special day. We hope to see you return for an anniversary visit! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We spent seven nights here and enjoyed so much about the Inn. Breakfasts were wonderful, and guests may eat inside where the food is served, outside on the patio, or on the deck of your room if you have one. The view is simply breath taking and the close proximity to town and the village green makes it a perfect... More 

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing with other travelers about you time with us! We have a short season in Bar Harbor so during our peak times we cannot offer special rates or discounts. The saunas can be pretty tricky but we are always available to get them started for you. While you were able to enjoy the Veranda Bar's Small Plates... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Exceptional Bed and Breakfast---exceptional location---only down side was that the fabulous breakfast was served ice cold both morning we were there. The breakfast is in warmers but it is ice cold! Rooms were nice----did not have shade on one window but staff fixed it immediately.

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Aaron M, Owner at Balance Rock Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the Balance Rock. We apologize if your plate was served cold...this is most unusual for our menu. We hope we were able to correct the issue for you. We hope to see you agin in the future and we'll be sure breakfast is nice and hot! More 

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